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Apart from the famous Miserere, Allegri’s other works are relatively unknown. Furthermore, the director of this ensemble of strings, cornetts, sackbuts, voices, lutes and organ, has edited and prepared no fewer than ten ‘new’ pieces that were included in the collection belonging to Duke Altemps, rediscovered in 1992 and recorded for the first time. Besides Allegri, composers include Bonomi and Anerio, all of whose canzonas and motets are excellently played and sung. Of special interest is Allegri’s Missa In lectulo meo’for eight voices, based on Bonomi’s motet of the same name, and Lamentationes Jeremiae prophetae for four voices.

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